Purchased this movie almost without knowing anything about it except Ryan Reynolds and some sort of 'real life lady falls for self-aware NPC' and bruh that's all I needed to get me to watch it. I expected it to be funny and silly and maybe a bit cheesy but dear LORD I didn't expect to wake half my household up at 4AM because I was laughing so hard at a Certain semi-meta Spoilery Moment near the end. God I just, I literally had tears in my eyes from laughter *and* heartfelt moments. I wasn't expecting the heart and feels and good story and ahhhh just buy it.
It's so worth it, for any gamer. I don't stream or watch streams, so the streamers/streamer jokes fell.. well, not flat? But just kinda like, smaller laughs? But I LOVE rpg games, choice-y games, bioware games, games that let me fall in love with the pixel people, and this movie has honestly been one of the, if not THE, best representation of video games in movies ever.
I don't know how to explain it? It's just, despite streaming's popularity, it's really nOT that interesting to me to just watch people play games, especially actors in a movie, but this movie did it spectacularly.
A++ cast, amazing plot, I literally haven't laughed this much at a movie ever, except mayyybe thor ragnarok.
A wonderful, lighthearted, well-done comedy of a story with enough heart to make it one of my new favorite movies.